Jalandhar, December 12, 2020 (Yes Punjab News)
National Integrated Forum of Artists and Activists a leading socio-cultural organization of India has started , “Samvedna” an International blood and plasma donation awareness campaign. The campaign commenced with a purpose to set up 1500 blood donation camps across the country and gather 90000 units of blood on the 90th Martyrdom Day of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Rajguru, Sukhdev, on the following 23rd March.
Pritpal Singh Pannu national chairman of NIFAA in a press conference held in Punjab press club Jalandhar today, told that apart from all three martyrs families this campaign is getting support from prestigious personalities of the country from film, social service and sports arena which include famous Bollywood singer, composer and music director Kailash Kher, well eminent Actor, Philanthropist Sonu Sood, Noted Film Actor & equestrian Randeep Hooda, world famous Indian Author, Activist and inspirational orator Shiv Khera, legend of Punjabi Singing Gurdas Maan, renowned producer director Karan Razdan, Indian Film, television and theater actor Mohan Joshi, Indian Professional footballer and member of Indian Football team from Mizoram Jeje Lapekhlua.
In a rare gesture and inspiration to all organizations joining hand for this blood & plazma donation drive ,a certificate personally signed by all above mentioned celebrities along with Abhay Singh Sandu, Nephew of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Satyasheel Rajguru nephew of Shaheed Rajguru and Anuj Thapar grandson of Shaheed Sukhdev will be provided to all the organizations as an appreciation.
Similarly, all blood donors will also get an appreciation certificate with digital signatures of associated celebrities and one family member of three incredible martyrs. NIFAA chairman Pritpal Singh Pannu told that in the past few years, India has seen an improvement in the blood assortment ranging from 9.8 million units in 2012-13 to 11.45 million in 2017-18.
Despite this, India gazes at blood shortage of a whopping 1.95 million units per year. Several myths keep individuals from not taking the initiative to donate. In India, blood donations have further drastically diminished due to the implementation of social distancing, cancellation of various blood drives and low donor turnout due to fears associated with catching disease from public places such as hospitals and blood banks.
Despite the massive burden of trauma and surgeries in the current situation, several hospitals in almost all states and union territories have been struggling to meet the daily requirements of blood in the past few months.
This disruption has impacted accessibility of blood for emergency surgeries, postpartum hemorrhage cases, thalassemia, sickle-cell disease, and cancer patients. It is the obligation of every individual to promote awareness about blood donation, especially the heroes who are in different regions of society and nation and from whom the citizens of the country take inspiration in this direction.
As their impact can change the whole scenario and prevent the country from the situation of lack of accessible blood. With this reasoning, the National Integrated Forum of Artists and Activists has compiled to run a nationwide blood donation drive on the 90th martyrdom day of Shaheed E Azam Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev on 23 March 2021.
Launched as nation-wide blood donation campaign, Samvedna found favour from non residents Indians and now it will also be organized in United States of America, Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Mauritius, UAE, Fiji amd NRI will donate on same day to pays homage to the great martyrdom of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev, as well as a salute to all unrecognized yet truly great individuals of the nation who were martyred and endured barbarities for the opportunity and protection of the homeland.
In an another major announcement NIFAA Chairman Pannu said that a dedicated website and mobile app will be launched as another outcome of this campaign. List of all blood donors of India will be available on both options and any one in need of blood will be able to find out a volunteer donor by searching city and blood group in the App.
NIFAA Gen Secretary Parvesh Gaba who was also present in press conference, said that the accomplishment of this difficult but significant goal will come to an ease if we get the support and blessings of all likeminded social organizations to organize this campaign together. For this NIFAA will join hands with other social organizations to carry forward this campaign and and furthermore incorporate other incredible personalities of the country.
This campaign after effectively coordinated will also be included in the Guinness Book of World Records with the goal that this campaign of India should be discussed globally and becomes a beginning of the awareness of blood donation not only in India but all over the world.
NIFAA has already discussed this mega campaign with National Blood Transfusion Council and Indian Red Cross Society at high level and both the organizations have assured guidance and support to make it a great success, said Parvesh Gaba NIFAA General Secretary. NIFAA is also getting support from Brahama Kumari Sansthan for this noble cause.
NIFAA invited social organizations across the country to join this respectable mission to reduce shortage of blood during covid-19 and also to motivate plasma donation. Many social workers of Jallandhar working in the field of blood donation including prominent social activist Sukhdev Singh, Jagmohan Chawla of Ma Bhagwati Sewa Samiti, Jatinder Singh and Manpreet Singh of Akhri Ummeed Welfare Society, Sukhjit Singh, Manish from Blood Donors Welfare Society, Shivam Arora and Harshdeep of Life line welfare society, also attended this meeting and assured full cooperation to the campaign